[Noisebridge-discuss] [dorkbotsf-blabber] BlueGiga Experience

Anders Nelson anders.k.nelson at gmail.com
Fri Dec 20 22:40:45 UTC 2013


Derp, I forgot to mention everything MFI requires a considerable investment
(time or money) in firmware. Microchip Technology offers a stack here:

http://www.microchip.com/pagehandler/en-us/technology/smartphoneaccessory/tools/home.html

It provides an excellent API and is the lowest cost option you'll likely
find.

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Anders Nelson

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On Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 2:37 PM, Anders Nelson <anders.k.nelson at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi Alison,
>
> I handled the MFI program at my previous job, so here's how it works:
>
> -Some MFI-enabled radio manufacturers embed the Apple-specific
> authentication chip into their module and I believe you can buy said module
> without having to go through Apple's MFI certification.
>
> -In order to use any IAP commands outside of simple remote controls
> (play/pause/prev/next/etc.) your hardware accessory must have an MFI
> authentication chip onboard.
>
> -Bluetooth classic and dock connector communication (via IAP or the
> accessory framework) both require an MFI chip. BTLE does *not* require an
> MFI chip.
>
> -Bluetooth classic communication is relatively fast so I've heard. The
> dock connector can only push 5-7kB per second.
>
> I suggest using BTLE to get around the fruity bits.
>
> =]
>
>
> --
> Anders Nelson
>
> +1 (517) 775-6129
>
> www.erogear.com
>
>
> On Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 1:09 PM, Alison Lewis <a at iheartswitch.com> wrote:
>
>> Thanks Eden. Thanks thats only on LE. We've got an old chip. Good info
>> for the future!!! - A
>>
>>
>> On Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 12:12 PM, Eden Sherry <e at eden2.com> wrote:
>>
>>> There are no Apple restrictions on the type of BLE devices apps can
>>> connect to, and no Apple certification to go through.
>>>
>>> If you are having issues seeing or connecting to your device, it is a
>>> problem with the device itself or your iOS code.
>>>
>>> LightBlue is a useful app to sanity-check on the phone side. If your
>>> device is advertising correctly, it should appear in that app.
>>>
>>> Eden
>>>
>>>
>>> > On Dec 20, 2013, at 12:00 PM, Alison Lewis <a at iheartswitch.com> wrote:
>>> >
>>> > Hi guys/gals,
>>> >
>>> > Anyone with BlueGiga experience and connecting through iOS devices? We
>>> have a BlueGiga and no Apple activation chip. Have some questions, here's
>>> the first two:
>>> >
>>> > Does the company who put on a BlueGiga chip need some sort of apple
>>> chip too?
>>> >
>>> > Does the company who put on the BlueGiga chip need to go through the
>>> MFI program? How fast can you get through it?
>>> >
>>> > Is there any work around this issue that people have dealt with before?
>>> >
>>> > Love to talk to someone that's been through this.
>>> >
>>> > Gracias!   - Alison
>>> >
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